Haniyeh, Zahar make public appearances

In 1st public speech since Cast Lead, Hamas no. 2 says "We'll never recognize the enemy in any way."

haniyeh gerry adams 248 88 ap (photo credit: AP)
haniyeh gerry adams 248 88 ap
(photo credit: AP)
Top Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Mahmoud Zahar reportedly appeared in public on Friday, for the first time since Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. According to a Reuters report, Zahar spoke during a service in a Gaza mosque, saying "We cannot, we will not, and we will never recognize the enemy in any way, shape or form." His speech was broadcast on the Hamas radio station. Reuters said that Haniyeh, the Hamas prime minister, spoke at a different mosque. Earlier this month Haniyeh met with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams in Gaza. The photos taken at the meeting were the first of the Hamas leader published since the December-January offensive. Hamas has repeatedly refused to accept conditions set by the Middle East Quartet, which include renouncing terror, recognizing Israel and abiding by all previous agreements signed with the Jewish state, before the US, EU, UN and Russia recognize the Islamic group as a legitimate political entity.